Fall Out Boy is an alternative rock/pop punk/emo band from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois that formed in 2001. The band consists of Patrick Stump (lead vocals, guitar), Pete Wentz (bass, backup vocalist, and primary lyricist), Joe Trohman (lead guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums).

Band History

Early years
Trohman and Wentz met each other through mutual involvement in the Chicago music scene. The two decided to start a band which differed from their musical roots, but were more similar to bands that they listened to growing up, like Green Day and Descendents. In 2001, Trohman met Stump at a Borders bookstore, later introducing him to Wentz. Stump originally auditioned to be the band's drummer, but became the singer, although he had no prior experience. Wentz later recruited friend Hurley, a local Chicago drummer who had drummed for Racetraitor and Project Rocket. The name of the band reportedly came from when the band asked the audience at a college show what they should be called, and an audience member yelled out "Fallout Boy," the name of superhero Radioactive Man's sidekick on the animated TV show The Simpsons. However, the band reports that the name Fall Out Boy is not a reference to the cartoon character.

The band released the EP Split with Project Rocket in 2002 on Uprising Records. The band then released their debut album Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, on Uprising Records in 2003.During this period Fall Out Boy built a following playing in Chicago, but especially the surrounding suburbia, which had become a popular area for punk, hardcore, and emo music. One venue of particular significance and influence was the Knights of Columbus Hall. This was the site of many early Fall Out Boy shows. The Fall Out Boy video for "Dead on Arrival" was shot at the Knights of Columbus Hall, which also served as a site for several "secret shows".

Drummer Andy Hurley joined the band after Girlfriend was released. The same year they released their second full-length album, Take This To Your Grave, on Fueled By Ramen, with singles such as "Grand Theft Autumn (Where is Your Boy)" and "Saturday" receiving airplay on FUSE and mtvU. The album achieved Gold status. In 2003 the band signed with Island Records. They released the acoustic EP My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue, on Fueled By Ramen, which included a DVD, in 2004.

In 2005, the band's stability was threatened when Wentz overdosed on the anxiety medication Ativan® in an apparent (but disputed) suicide attempt. The song "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)," from their album From Under The Cork Tree, is based upon Wentz's experience. On May 3, 2005, Fall Out Boy released their major label debut (third full-length album) From Under The Cork Tree, which debuted on the Billboard charts at #9, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week, and soon thereafter achieving Double Platinum status. Their first single, "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," peaked at #8 on the Billboard "Hot 100" charts and reached #1 on MTV's TRL, where the video was retired. The video also won the MTV2 Award at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The band was nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

Fall Out Boy has toured with multiple bands, including Taking Back Sunday, Less Than Jake, blink 182, The Academy Is..., Panic! At the Disco, Midtown, Hawthorne Heights, and The All-American Rejects.



Year Title Label(s) Certification
2003 Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend Uprising  
2003 Take This To Your Grave Fueled by Ramen Gold
2005 From Under the Cork Tree Island Double Platinum


Year Title Label(s)
2002 Fall Out Boy/Project Rocket Split EP Uprising
2004 My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue Fueled By Ramen


Year Song Chart positions Album Label Format(s)
US Hot 100 Pop 100 US Modern Rock UK singles
2003 "Dead on Arrival" - - - - Take This to Your Grave Sorepoint Vinyl 7"
"Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy?" - 84 - - Take This to Your Grave Sorepoint Vinyl 7"
2004 "Saturday" - - - - Take This to Your Grave Sorepoint Vinyl 7"
2005 "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" 8 6 3 8 From Under the Cork Tree Mercury 2xCD Single, Vinyl 7"
"Dance, Dance" 9 6 8 8 From Under the Cork Tree Mercury 2xCD Single, DVD Single, Vinyl 7"
2006 "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'" 65 45 38 38 From Under the Cork Tree Mercury 2xCD Single, Vinyl 7"

Awards and Nominations
. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" - MTV2 Award at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - Won
. "Dance, Dance" - Favorite International Group at the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards - Won
. "Fall Out Boy" - Best New Artist at the 2006 Grammy Awards - Nominated
. "Fall Out Boy" - Best Rock Group & Best Single at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards - Won
. "Dance, Dance" - Viewer's Choice & Best Group Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. - Nominated

. While Stump is the lead singer, Wentz tends to take on the traditional role of "frontman" by being the band's chief spokesman and   
  creating the banter on stage. Stump is quoted as saying "With Pete, I get to be the anti-frontman."
. While Wentz is the chief lyricist for the band, Stump is its "musical engine (hence the engineer's cap)", putting Wentz's lyrics to music 
  and arranging the tunes.
. In the 2006 movie Zoom, the band's song Sugar, We're Goin' Down is played.
. Pete Wentz makes a cameo in Cobra Starship's first video for their song "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)".
  "Of All The Gin Joints . . ." appears in the film Snakes on a Plane
. Members of Fall Out Boy appeared on the television program One Tree Hill, and Wentz had his own story-arch.




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